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Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics
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Sturm–liouville eigenvalue problems in which the squares of the eigenfunctions are linearly dependent

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We consider the eigenvalue problem u″ + λϕ = 0, u(0)=u(1) = 0, where ϕεin C[0, 1] is positive. It is well known that the eigenfunctions corresponding to distinct eigenvalues are linearly independent. It is shown in this paper that the squares of the eigenfunctions may be linearly dependent on nontrivial subintervals of [0,1]. This result has relevance in the variational analysis of eigenvalue problems. Copyright © 1980 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company

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18 Oct 2006

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Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics

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